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Constitution class model

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During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.
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Did You Know that the carpets on the bridge of The Next Generation were changed nearly every season? In the first season, they were an Earthy tan and orange, but were later changed to various shades of blue and dark orange.

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1924
James Komack is born.
1937
Steven Berkoff is born.
1938
Monica Peterson is born.
1940
Phil Rubenstein is born.
1958
Kevin Sullivan is born.
1961
Molly Hagan is born.
1966
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?".
1967
First day of filming on TOS: "The Deadly Years".
1971
Chris O'Hara is born.
1972
Brigid Brannagh is born.
Sumalee Montano is born.
1974
Maria Celeste Genitempo is born.
1987
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "Haven".
1990
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Brothers".
1994
Second day of filming on DS9: "The House of Quark".
1995
Third day of filming on VOY: "Parturition".
1998
Fifth day of filming on DS9: "Afterimage".
Final draft script for DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" is submitted.
2000
Eighth and final day of filming on VOY: "Critical Care".
2001
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Unexpected".
Revised first draft script of ENT: "Terra Nova" is submitted.
2004
Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Storm Front, Part II".
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection DVD released in region 1.
Pocket Books novel Tales of the Dominion War published.
2015
Twenty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek Beyond.

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